Prejudice In "To Kill A Mocking Bird"

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Prejudice is a foggy window which we all look out of. It impairsnot only sight, but also our thoughts and actions. When we look throughthe window, not everyone can see past the fog. Sometimes we see people andthink they are our enemies when really they are just a little bit differentthen us, be they a different race or even a different sex. These prejudiceviews are not uncommon, even though most of the time they are wrong. "ToKill a MockingBird" presents many conflicting pictures of prejudice, thesituations also show that prejudice can be overcome.An example of viewing things differently is when Aunt Alexandraforbid Scout to play with Walter Cunningham, a poor boy whom Scout attendsschool with. This is because Aunt Alexandra sees Walter and his family aspoor and beneath the Finches, in her words," ...they're good folks. Butthey're not our kind of folks." Scout on the other hand doesn't care abouthow much money Walter has but about his potential to be a friend. Shedoesn't let irrelevant things like money cloud her judgment of people.The most typical of all prejudice views is that of race. Anexample of this is during Tom Robinsons trial. Tom was a black man accusedof raping a white woman, a crime that is punishable by the death penalty.Even though all the facts proved that he didn't do it, the jury still foundhim guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". Tom's life has been sacrificed toracism by the people who were there to protect him. The justice systemdidn't allow this man to have a fair...

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